Japan says this is a time to raise pressure on North Korea


Despite the North's aggression and increasingly belligerent responses from Washington, South Korean President Moon Jae In has emphasized the importance of getting Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.

They would also come roughly two weeks after North Korea conducted its latest missile test this year, launching an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. We connect with our Kim Hyun-bin, who is at the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul.

South Korea has called on North Korea to take part in military talks at the border in an ongoing effort by President Moon in Seoul to reduce tension by engaging in diplomatic dialogue with Kim Jong-un.

Talks could be held in the village of Panmunjom, just on the North Korean side of the border, as soon as Friday, the ministry said, with the goal of ending "all acts of hostility" along the Military Demarcation Line that separates the two countries.

Chances for talks on family reunions are slimmer as North Korea has already made it clear that it won't agree to a fresh reunion program unless Seoul returns some of the North Korean defectors living in the South who it says were abducted by South Korean agents. A senior government official reported on July 16 that the administration was "fine-tuning plans to propose talks to North Korea within the week". He proposed reunions of families separated by the War on the October fourth Chuseok holiday, often described as Korea's Thanksgiving.

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On the separate offer to hold family reunions, the Korean Red Cross asked the North to hold relevant talks on August 1 at the Peace House, a South Korea-controlled building in the truce village, known as the equivalent to North Korea's Tongilgak.

The last such reunions were held in 2015.

Without directly mentioning the proposals, North Korea said through its state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Monday that Moon's Berlin speech was "fortunate" in that it pledged to respect and implement the June 15, 2000, inter-Korean joint declaration of peace and prosperity, but that it contained "ill intention".

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., stated last Thursday the North Korean Enablers Accountability Act, would "ban any entity that does business with North Korea or its enablers.and to impose U.S. sanctions on all those participating on North Korean labor trafficking abuses".

In the proposal for talks, South Korea did not elaborate on the meaning of hostile military activities, which varies between the two Koreas.